Vehicular Instrumentation Systems (VIS), a business unit of AMETEK Instrumentation and Specialty Controls, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of precision instrumentation, controllers, and display systems. ISO9001:2008 quality standards, Lean-Sigma manufacturing methodology, professional sales and engineering team, and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction make VIS an industry leader in the global vehicle instrumentation marketplace.

VIS began as a privately held company called Dixson in 1964 designing, manufacturing and selling automotive and heavy truck gauges. In 1995, Dixson was acquired by AMETEK. AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of $3.5 billion.

VIS headquarters are in Grand Junction,Colorado and include Sales, Engineering, and Manufacturing. Facilities in Reynosa, Mexico and Shanghai, China provide additional manufacturing capability. An international network of distributors and representatives provides products and services throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. A stable, cooperative, experienced, and highly successful management team provides quick, positive responses and timely solutions in an ever-changing global economy.

VIS is fully committed to new and innovative applications of technological breakthroughs in its products. Its primary products are instrumentation, gauges, and driver information displays for over-the-road trucks, off-highway vehicles, RVs, buses, military and specialty vehicles.  Customers include major OEMs from the Commercial Vehicle, Construction, Agricultural and Military industries.  Additional products include graphics displays, message centers, LCD displays, light bars, modular instrumentation, and control/­display modules for farm and construction vehicles and military applications. Smaller market segments include bargraph panel meters for process control rooms, including 1E safety related products. 

Key Growth Strategies

  • Operational Excellence—the catalyst for achieving its other strategies
  • Strategic Acquisitions and Alliances—that strengthen its core businesses, extend global reach, and improve market positions
  • Global and Market Expansion—to increase penetration into growing Asian, European, and Latin American markets
  • New Products—to bolster its market positions and extend its reach into new markets


VIS will be an internationally recognized and respected company that produces the highest value products and services for the markets it serves, such that:

  • Investors actively seek the Company for investment;
  • Customers and suppliers are eager to do business with the Company;
  • The company’s employees actively participate and flourish in their work;
  • Communities welcome the Company openly.

Global manufacturing facilities provide full production support.  Surface mount and automated soldering technologies produce both conventional and high-density printed circuit boards. Computerized test stations using vision technology provide fast, accurate, and efficient testing.


New products incorporate emerging technologies whenever feasible. Pro-Engineer and SLA design capabilities complement VIS ’s CAD facilities to achieve a quick response in product design and prototyping. New designs are extensively tested using numerous in-house environmental chambers, shock and vibration tables, and EMI/RFI equipment to insure compliance with customer specifications and national engineering standards.

Quality Assurance

VIS received MIL-I-45208 and MIL-Q-9858 government approval in 1985. In 1986, 10CFR50 requirements were implemented for nuclear bargraph products. ISO 9001 certification was attained in 1994 followed by QS 9000 certification in 1996. All test and measuring equipment complies with MIL-STD-45662, and all facilities comply fully with OSHA requirements.

Implementing the principles of operational excellence and a Lean-Sigma quality program, VIS is committed to providing products and services that exceed customer expectations for quality, delivery, and service.

Product Support

VIS's Product Support Department is fully committed to customer satisfaction, and works closely with customers to provide timely and satisfactory resolutions to all technical issues. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is used throughout to achieve accurate order processing, efficient manufacturing, and on-time delivery. Sales engineers can answer all application questions, and its customer-oriented engineering staff is ready to help when special needs arise.

VIS is proud to be a world leader in the design and manufacture of information display and control systems. VIS has the resources, the will, and the proven ability to provide the highest performance and most cost-effective solutions available, and looks forward to the opportunity of working with you to provide the best product possible for your particular application.

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